Sunday April 23, 2017


St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

Mr. Mark Ennis - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services


Second Sunday of Easter                                                                               April 23, 2017

Celebration of Worship 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.   

Nursery care available


   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited)

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist



 *OPENING HYMN  No. 2  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”  Mark Ennis, Hymn Leader 

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Pastor Schalm & Congregation

Almighty God, you have accepted our Lord's sacrifice for our salvation.
By your power you have raised him from the dead,
you have clothed him again with flesh
so that his disciples might recognize him.

We humbly confess that,
while we know the story and believe it,
it often has made too little difference in our lives,
and at times we have been silent when we should have spoken of it.

Forgive us, we pray, of these sins.
Enable us today to reflect more deeply on the sacred story,
that our obedience may be increased
that our service may be more joyful,
and our testimony may be more courageous.

Hear us in the name of our risen Savior. Amen.




*Congregation standing 

     CELEBRATION OF MUSIC  Mark Ennis, Soloist (9), “Celebrate the Life of Jesus!”  Chancel Choir (10:30)

     SCRIPTURE READING   Deuteronomy 7:9 Matthew 28:5-20  Lectors:  Matthew Isaacs (9), Peggy Staten  (10:30)

    *HYMN No. 540 “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go ” 

      MORNING PRAYER  (Strength, Healing, Thanks) Pastor Schalm

    *HYMN No. 543  “Blessed Assurance!”


          RebaMcEntire/*DEDICATION OF GIFTS


         Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

         Praise him all creatures here below.

         Praise him above ye heavenly host;

         Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen. 

      SERMON  “Rest, Relaxation and Relapse,”  Pastor Schalm

        LORD’S PRAYER (debts/ debtors)

     *CLOSING HYMN No. 494 “They’ll Know We Are Christians”          


      *POSTLUDE  (Please remain in your pews as the service closes and until                                                   

           all of the candles are extinguished.)


  can be reached through the side door at the east rear of the sanctuary just before the

  entrance to our Family Room.  Please let the ushers know of your need of additional



of service are available.  Tune listening devices to channel 105.5 FM.  

CELL PHONES & PAGERS should be turned off or set to vibrate. 


Any one desiring to unite with St. Paul United Church of Christ by transfer of member-

ship or profession of faith is invited to contact Pastor Geoffrey Drutchas.



“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” 

                                                                                                 Walt Whitman


“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from

God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”



Council:  John Smith (7), Michael Isaacs (10:00)

Deacon:  Al Gunther (7), Kevin Kittendorf (10:00)

Ushers:  The Poet Family (9), Kristi Caruso,

Jane Dykowski, Hayden Robbins, Peggy Staten (10:30)  


Printed copies of most sermons are available in the front vestibule.

Please use pew envelopes to request altar or chancel flowers.



Calendar Week  April 23 – April 30

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. – Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday          

                      School 10:30 a.m./ CPR-First Aid 12noon -10:00 p.m.                                             

Monday       Zumba 3:30 p.m./ CPR-First Aid 4:30 – 10:00 p.m./ Girl Scout Troop 74590  

                     6:00 p.m./ Boy Scout Troop 825 7:00 p.m./ Caregivers 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday       Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Worship Planning

Wednesday Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.   

Thursday     Building & Grounds 7:00 p.m.  

Saturday      Thirsty Thursdays depart for Comerica Park 12 noon

Sunday        Worship Service 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. –Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas– Blue Jean 

                     Sunday/ Sunday School 10:30 a.m.  

PLEASE JOIN THE ST. PAUL CONGREGATION between services for light refreshments in the Jerusalem Café (West Room), sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 74590.



Taylor, Michigan - (313) 291-1221



Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas, Senior Pastor

Second Easter of Sunday/ April 23, 2017



Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Bob Barley, Marjie Barnard, Megan Barnosky, Kim Beyar, Harry Clubb, Elaine Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Lillian Fick, Al Gunther, Ollie Hilliker, Richard Jones, Rev. Norm Kirsch, Sue Kuschel (Vibra, inside Heritage Hospital), Velma McGee, Michelle Mellin, Michael Natzke, Kathy Peters, Shirlen Powell,  Keith Rensel, Shirley Robinson, Al & Eleanor Rossi, Glen Sigman, Sally Sigman, Beverly Sitz, Kevin Staffeld, Paula Strawsine, Brenda Tank, Linda Tank, Bev Traver, Leah Wagner, Richard Williams, and Shelly Wilson. Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored. 

SIDE VASE OF FLOWERS honors the college graduation of Crystal Poet, from Eastern Michigan University.  Congratulations & Lots of Love, from Grandma.

HEALTH MINISTRIES – Shalom – Chronic disease group meeting. Our next meeting is May 8th at 1 PM. We will do some balance exercises and discuss chronic health problems and spirituality. Caregivers Group – Our next meeting is Monday, May 15th, at 730 PM.

Exercise Classes - Zumba or other low impact exercisesto a DVD on Mondays at 3:30 PM in the West Room.  Exercise at your own pace, modified to your ability.

Health/Medical supplies –If you have or need medical supplies, please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams. First Aid & CPR classes will be held April 23 & 24th, & May 5th & 6th. The class takes about 8 hours & is usually held in two sessions. Please contact Parish Nurse, Kathy Williams ASAP if you are interested in becoming certified.  A $5.00 donation would help off-set the cost of materials.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS HAVE BEGUN.  Donations should be clean and in a good state of repair.  Donated items will be stored in the Fellowship Hall.  Blue Jean Sunday is April 30th.  Our Spring Rummage Sale is May 4th, 5th, & 6th.   Please complete a Make-A-Wish card (found in the pew racks) or contact any Woman’s Fellowship member to volunteer.  Any time you can give is very appreciated.


Melva Haglund (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Nancy Heidt (Regency, 12575 Telegraph, Taylor, 48180), Helen Parrish (9637 Janet, Taylor, 48180), Melissa Rossi (17652 Colgate, Dearborn Heights, 48125), Vernagene Schafer (Borgess Gardens, 3057 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, 49048), Ben Scherf (904 E. Lake Mitchell Dr., Cadillac 49601), and Betty Steinhauer (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd. Riverview, 48193) Grace Torango (Rivergate Health Center, 14041 Pennsylvania Rd., Riverview, 48193), Dave Walker (Maple Heights, 4600 Allen Rd., Allen Park, 48101). and Lisa Wild (Anestic Care Residence, 21071 Tiffany Dr., Woodhaven, 48183).

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE IN!  Troop 74590 has some for purchase at the Kiosk 

during Coffee Hour.  Stop by and pick up a box (or two) and place an order.  Cookies will

be available until early April.  For more information please contact Troop Leaders, Michelle

Matney or Jennifer Berringer.

THIRSTY THURSDAY’S YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY GROUP and all Young Married Couples Will Head to Comerica Park to Cheer on the Tigers ​Young adults (post high school) and young married couples will be heading down to Comerica Park on Saturday, April 29th for a 1:10 p.m. game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox.  We will meet at the church at noon to board a Kiwanis bus (pending confirmation) that will serve as our transportation for the afternoon.  Those interested in attending should contact Pastor Schalm or Tim & Jen Ruffner. Complimentary tickets will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. 

RED HOT PURPLE ANGELS outing on Thursday, April 27 to the Lush Brush Studio has been cancelled. THE SEAWAY CHORALE & ORCHESTRA will be performing a "The Rhythm of Life" at Flat Rock High School on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM. The Red Hot Purple Angels are inviting anyone interested to join in. Tickets are $10 prior to the performance, $12 at the door. Ida Black is the contact for this event. Ticket money is due to Ida by Sunday, April 30th. You can also purchase them yourself by calling 734.675.3548. 

MUFFINS FOR MOMS CELEBRATION will be Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.  The Sunday School children with the help of Men’s Fellowship, will be honoring their mothers and the women of the congregation with a special “Muffins for Moms” continental breakfast between the worship services, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  All ladies should mark their planners for this special event.  Anyone interested in assisting should contact Pastor Cheryl Schalm.

OUR NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM is now functional, and as a member you can now receive  your Church related e-mails from “”.  Please make sure you add us to your contact list to ensure that you are receiving all the Church announcements.  If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Gary Peters or Dan Case.  

THE 2017 EVERY DAUGHTER BANQUET, Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  This year’s event will feature a Buffet Style Dinner and a Children’s Dress-up Fashion Show as entertainment. Just like in past years we will be recognizing those who have reached the age of 90 and over and we’ll also have prizes for several other fun and interesting categories.  The cost of a ticket is only $5.00, children twelve years and under are free.  All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased beginning Sunday, at the KIOSK Table in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour or by calling the Church Office (313-291-1221).  This year’s event is being sponsored by Dorcas, Women’s and Men’s Fellowship.

ST. PAUL CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAMS PREPARE FOR THIRTEENTH SEASON.  Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.  Great fun and fellowship!  Anyone interested in leading a third team or playing please contact team coordinator, Chris Mink or Jack Miller or the church office.  Games are played on Tuesday evenings on the fields at Thorn Park, located at King and Telegraph Roads in Brownstown.  Games will likely begin the second week in May.  Watch this space for more information.

LEAVES FOR OUR CONGREGATION’S “Tree of Faith” continue to be available for     

those who wish to honor or commemorate family members and events. The cost of each leaf  

is $300 with proceeds helping to fund “A Room with a View.” The tree is located in the  

narthex, just outside the entrance to the new “Family Room”.  Those who wish to have a leaf 

placed on the tree are encouraged pick your leaf from those available (see sign-up sheet) and      

to complete a blue card available in the pew racks or by going to the Church Website 

“” click on the ‘Giving” tab to access Vanco Services and utilize our  

new highly secure electronic giving site. Purchases can be debited automatically from your      

checking or savings account, or from your debit or credit card.    

PLEASE REMEMBER to complete a kitchen check list and put it in the Trustees box in the West Room after the kitchen has been used.  Completed check lists are not being received on a regular basis.  Blank forms are located on the cupboard door near the large coffee pot. 

Summer Sunday School Teachers Sought

Over the course of the summer children will have the opportunity to learn how to apply God’s word to their daily living.  Through Biblical lessons and activities, the children will explore God’s word and discover for themselves how they are called to apply these lessons to their everyday life.  
In order for the summer Sunday School program to be successful adults are needed to lead the weekly lessons.  The summer Sunday School program will begin on June 18th  and conclude on September 10th with Rally Sunday and the Sunday School Open House.  
Due to lower attendance over the summer all children pre-school through fifth grade will meet together in the upstairs’ West Room.  Older youth will meet with Pastor Schalm in the Senior High classroom.  Please consider visiting the Welcome Center on Sunday to select a date to share your faith with the children of St. Paul.  All curriculum, materials and snacks are provided.
JUNE 18th           “COURAGEOUS FRIENDS”  ____________________
JUNE 25TH           “COURAGEOUS DANIEL”  ______________________
JULY 2RD             “ELIJAH AND THE RAVENS”      _________________
JULY 9TH             “ELIJAH AND THE PROPHETS” _________________
JULY 16TH           “JONAH AND THE FISH” ______________________
JULY 23RD            “ELISHA AND THE WIDOW’S JARS” ____________
JULY 30TH              ******PICNIC SUNDAY******
AUGUST 6TH       “GOD CHOOSES JOSHUA”  _____________________
AUGUST 13TH     “SPIES IN CANAAN”_________________________
AUGUST 20TH       “CROSSING THE JORDAN” ___________________
AUGUST 27TH      “JERICHO” ____________________________